The Community Physician Alliance Service (CPAS) was designed to assist physicians in caring for their patients admitted to the medical service without house-staff involvement.
The program is staffed by fully trained nurse practitioners, all of whom are members of the University Medicine Foundation. These individuals are available to assist in the care of patients admitted by their primary physicians to Rhode Island Hospital.
Cross coverage services on inpatients is available from Sunday night at 8 p.m. to Saturday morning at 7 a.m. In the unfortunate event of a death at night, the CPAS provider will perform the pronouncement but the final certificate is the responsibility of the primary care physician and may be completed the following day.
Every night, starting at 8 p.m., the covering practitioner will write a holding note and enter orders on any admissions admitted to the general medical floors at Rhode Island Hospital, up to a maximum of eight admissions nightly. The CPAS provider will not bill for any services rendered.
The CPAS Program is managed by the division of hospital medicine, which also operates the Rhode Island Hospital internal medicine inpatient service. If you have any questions about the program, please contact our administrative coordinator, Faye Colbert at 401-444-3985.